Old Research May Underestimate The Risk Taking Behaviors In Women


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We all actually thinks that risk-taking is typically associated with men. But latest study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, raised a question on it.

Study author Thekla Morgenroth of the University of Exeter Explains “I became interested in the topic of gender and risk-taking because the idea that men take risks more than women and that this is why they are more often found in positions of power, is so widespread and often seems to go unquestioned.”

“This is particularly true because there is a body of literature out there that seems to confirm this. This just didn’t seem right. Women take risks all the time. Cheerleading, for example, is a superrisky sport, and there are very few male cheerleaders. So we decided to look into that.”

Thekla Morgenroth said that We investegated whether risk-taking measures inadvertently focus on behaviors that are more normative for men, resulting in the overestimation of gender differences.

They uses a popular measure of risk taking method (Domain-specific Risk-Taking) and developed there own survey with risky behaviors that were more gender-neutral or stereotypically associated with women.

Thekla Said “We concluded that there is confiramtion bias in risk-taking measurement.”

It means measure of risk-taking have overlooked many behaviours that are common among women. But they makeno assertions about whether women are more, less or equally to take risks as men.

This article is originally published at Psypost and Research is Published at Social Psychological and Personality Science.